New leadership at M+W Group

Construction engineering group M+W has made two new appointments to its executive board

Construction engineering group M+W Group has appointed a new CEO and a new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

The former CEO, Dr Herbert Demel left on 28 February 2017, passing the baton to Dr Wolfgang Büchele. Herbert Demel had joined M+W’s executive board in January 2014 and assumed its leadership in November 2014.

Dr Wolfgang Buchele

From 2014 until the end of 2016, Dr Wolfgang Büchele was CEO at Linde AG. From 2012 to 2014, he was CEO of the Finnish chemicals company Kemira, and before that, from 2009 to 2011, he held the same position at the Hungarian chemicals company BorsodChem.

Previously, Dr Büchele gained extensive experience in plant engineering and construction during a 20-year stint at BASF AG. He is Chairman of the supervisory board at Merck KGaA, member of the board of directors at Kemira Oyj, and Chairman of the Ostausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft (Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations).

Georg Stumpf, the owner and supervisory board chair of M+W Group, said, “We are delighted to have been able to get Dr Büchele to join M+W Group. Wolfgang Büchele is an internationally renowned personality and a most successful executive who has gained comprehensive experience particularly in the industries we are operating in. We are certain that he will successfully continue developing M+W Group’s business.”

Meanwile the previous COO, Dr Friedrich Schneider, left his position on 28 February 2017 and the vacancy has been filled by Roberto Penno.

Roberto Penno brings longstanding expertise of high-tech plant engineering and construction. He studied mechanical engineering and during the past 29 years had a number of roles at Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Foster Wheeler). In 2015, he became Group President for AMEASE (Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and southern Europe) and from 2013 to 2015 he headed Amec Foster Wheeler’s Engineering & Construction Group.

Prior to this, from 2010 to 2013, Roberto Penno was CEO for Asia/Pacific at Amec Foster Wheeler and even before that, he had a number of management positions in Singapore, North America, and the UK.

Roberto Penno

Stumpf said: “Filling the COO position with Roberto Penno proves our focus on project implementation and operational excellence. I am very pleased to have won Mr Penno, a hugely experienced EPC manager.”

The two new members of M+W Group’s leadership team and Wolfgang Homey, who has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for three years, will be M+W Group’s new executive board. The board is greatly invigorated by the addition of this longstanding management and comprehensive industry expertise.

Georg Stumpf thanked Dr Demel and Dr Schneider for their efforts and their service in managing the company. M+W Group’s supervisory board wished both gentlemen all the best for their professional and private future.